Mike loves to operate, especially switching style layouts. So I set up a op session for him. He is also an excellent operator, so this would be a good test of the layout and ops scheme.
Before he arrived I drew up an "official" switch list document. I copied a Sante Fe style sheet, but modified it for the Pacific Harbor Line. On the right side of the sheet is a track plan showing the track, industry names and the switch spots.
The Sante Fe switch list has a column for "tons" but I changed that to "P/ S " for "pick up" or "set out" to simplify things a bit for the conductor.
I printed the switch list on heavy stock. With a fold in the middle it is easy to hold in your hand or stuff in a pocket.
I filled out sheet with the cars that Mike would be working. Unfortunately, I forgot two cars, but I added them later.
I made a hand written note on the top for the horn signals. Seems like all my locos have different decoders with their own horn signals. I plan to modify the form with blanks for the horn signals so I don't forget to add them.
Mike seemed to have a good time. He said he "liked the layout." He couldn't stay too long as he had to pick up his boss at the movies. It was nice seeing him again. Hopefully he can get some pictures of Beaumont for my next book once he is back in Texas.
While Mike was operating, I worked on the monitor roof for the pier shed. I made the pieces from bass wood with laser cut windows. The roof is flat compared to the prototype that has a slight slope. I started to add a slope, but it was so slight that it was barely noticeable. So I opted to keep things simple and made the roof flat.
I glued black construction paper to the roof surface, as I did not want to paint the foam core underlay. I have had painted foam core warp in the past. I did not extend the monitor to the right side of the structure. I think I should, at least as a flat against the wall.
I also tried making some Jersey Wall barrier sections. The prototype photos show lots of them in various locations.